A couple of key events in the formation of the Doors sowed the seeds for future malcontent. Firstly, the four Doors agreed a veto whereby without unanimity in the decision making process a band member could veto anything he didn't agree with. Secondly, Morrison waivered his right to 50% of the song writing royalties in favour of an equal four way split.
We know what happened, by 1971 big Jim had shaken off this mortal coil and after a couple of unsuccessful post Morrison albums the group called it quits. By 1980 the cash registers sprang back into life via Apocalypse Now and the He's Hot He's Sexy He's Dead Rolling Stone cover and they haven't abated since. Fair play to Ray and John, that's a hell of a pension plan to have.
But there was a falling out in the offing. Ray wants to rejuvenate the Doors but without John - and Jim naturally - and coupled with this he spies some money making opportunities via advertising deals. But hang on, didn't Jimbo put the tin lid on any advertising when he threw the TV out of the window after hearing about Light My Fire being given to Buick? John smells a point of conscience, cries foul and uses his veto. Then battle commences.
It's a fairly sad tale, primarily because at the root of all this is greed. There's also the question of how a group exploits its legacy and the extent to which this is deemed "acceptable". Clearly, to John advertising is a no no but turning out expensive box sets is OK? - the Doors SACD and 2x45rpm vinyl box sets were going for £300 and £400 in the UK respectively. And lets face it, the Doors catalogue has been exploited to within an inch of its life; the Doors team make Experience Hendrix, no strangers themselves to the reissue programme, seem like rank amateurs by comparison.
You have to question some of Johns comments here. He expresses surprise that Ray admits in court to perpetrating myths around Morrison. Did John never read No One Here Gets Out Alive then? And there's the other side of the coin, no matter what you think of Ray a lot of the credit for the Doors resurgence rests with him, even if his means were somewhat questionable. And John benefitted directly from that.
A little bit of self awareness wouldn't go amiss either. JD bemoans the fact that he lost a summer having to go to the court house every day. Hey John, I've lost every summer since leaving school and am likely to lose every forthcoming one until I retire. His diversion into his relationship with George Harrison is somewhat bemusing, especially as in the final meeting with the ex Fab George seems to give JD the kiss off .
All in all, it's a sorry tale. Ray comes across as a money grubbing, humourless fart, John as a hippy too far up his own bum for his own good and Robby as the man in the middle. One of many jaw dropping moments is Rays defence team attempting to discredit JD by showing he was a Socialist! Holy smokes, it says it all.
It's a good read, there are some swell pictures in there but at the end of the day you get the distinct impression that it's too spoilt kids fighting over the family inheritance. Jim is well out of it.